Vicky Hernández v. Honduras
Protecting trans rights across Latin America

In June 2021, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and Red Lésbica Cattrachas won a landmark case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights declaring the State of Honduras responsible for the murder of Vicky Hernández, a trans activist killed during the country’s coup d’état in 2009.

This is the first time the Court has held a State accountable for failing to prevent, investigate, and prosecute the death of a trans person—breaking a longstanding culture of impunity that has allowed Vicky’s attackers to escape justice for more than a decade. 

The Court has ordered reparations for Vicky’s family, including financial support, and has mandated the State to not only restart its investigation into her murder but to publicly acknowledge its role in her death. The State will also have to adopt measures to allow people to update their gender in identity documents and public records, as well as train security forces on the prejudice-based violence experienced by LGBTQ+ people.

Importantly, justice for Vicky extends beyond Honduras’ borders and sets a precedent throughout Latin America to protect future generations of LGBTQ+ people from the vile discrimination, hate, and violence that ultimately cost Vicky her life.

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